Dy 4 Systems Introduces Embedded Linux for SBC and DSP Product Lines

4/3/2003 - Dy 4 Systems, a division of Force Computers, a Solectron company, and a leading designer and manufacturer of COTS VME and CompactPCI (CPCI) products for harsh environments, announced the availability of the first Linux Software Development Kit (SDK) for their SVME/DMV-181 single board computer and the CHAMP range of PowerPC-based DSP products. Developed by TimeSysTM Corporation of Pittsburgh, PA, the Linux SDK is a certified Linux development environment including a full Linux distribution with kernel enhancements and performance modules that make TimeSys Linux a true real-time operating system.

“With the TimeSys Linux SDK for our SBC and DSP products, we are providing our military and aerospace customers with a complete package combining full Linux capability with true real-time performance,” said Stewart Dewar, Dy 4’s product marketing manager. “This creates a software and hardware solution for high performance systems for use in a wide range of harsh environment applications, such as the newly announced Future Combat System (FCS) for US Army transformation.”

The SVME/DMV-181 is one of Dy 4’s complete line of PowerPC single board computers. Based on a 500MHz MPC7410 PowerPC device with AltivecTM enhancements, the 181 offers 2Mbytes of L2 cache, up to 1Gbyte of SDRAM memory with ECC, 48Mbytes of 64 bit wide Flash EPROM, 2 PMC mezzanine sites, dual 10/100Mbit Ethernet ports, SCSI, 6 serial ports, discrete I/O and 2 USB ports. CHAMP DSP boards are based on quad. MPC7410 PowerPC devices and include 2 PMC mezzanine sites for I/O connectivity and are available in VMEbus or CompactPCI form factors.

TimeSys Linux is available to developers as a royalty-free, open-source off-the-shelf product, reducing development time and costs. Complete support is provided for the SBC and DSP products to the edge of the board with certified drivers for the on-board functionality and I/O.

“Today’s complex, real-time VMEbus systems integrators are looking for low risk solutions and tangible productivity gains during their development programs,” said Larry Weidman, TimeSys chief executive officer, “The combination of Dy 4’s industry-leading single board computer and ready-to-run, royalty-free Linux RTOS provides these solutions.”

The SVME/DMV-181, CHAMP DSP products and TimeSys Linux are available now.

A freely available TimeSys Linux board support package (BSP) for the SVME/DMV-181 is available at www.TimeSys.com. Full Software Development Kits with extensive hardware drivers and cross-compiler tool-chains are available.

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